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Team news: Lallana back for Saints

Team news: Lallana back for Saints

By PA Sport
Last update The 06/03/2012 at 12:11 -
By PA Sport - The 06/03/2012 at 12:11
All the team news ahead of Saturday's Championship fixtures, with Adam Lallana set to return for leaders Southampton at home to Ipswich.

All matches kick off at 19:45

Bristol City v Leicester City

Bristol City's injury woes have worsened ahead of the visit of Leicester in the npower Championship on Tuesday, with the news Albert Adomah will play no part. Winger Adomah hobbled off late in the first half of the 3-0 defeat at Ipswich on Saturday with strained ligaments. Adomah joins an injury list which also includes Marvin Elliott, who has been ruled out for the season after snapping his Achilles tendon, and broken ankle victim David Clarkson. Defender Cole Skuse requires another two weeks of recuperation time before he can make his comeback from a broken toe while James Wilson could be out for the rest of the campaign with an ankle problem picked up in training last week. The one piece of positive news for manager Derek McInnes is on-loan centre-back Stephen McManus should return to the matchday squad after missing the loss at Portman Road because of a thigh knock.

Leading scorer David Nugent is a doubt for Leicester ahead of the trip to Ashton Gate. Nugent injured a knee in netting his 14th goal of the season to give the Foxes the lead in the 2-0 home victory over Coventry at the weekend. The striker will be assessed but he does not want to miss Tuesday night's match. Defender Paul Konchesky will definitely miss out following his red card against Coventry. The full-back will begin a three-match suspension. Forward Paul Gallacher could be involved, particularly if Nugent is absent, after missing the last three games with a hamstring injury.

Coventry City v Crystal Palace

Manager Andy Thorn is set to be back in the dugout as Coventry entertain Crystal Palace. Thorn was City's major absentee for Saturday's 2-0 M69 derby defeat at Leicester having been laid low with a virus, with assistant manager Steve Harrison taking charge. But Thorn is expected to be back in control of team affairs at the Ricoh Arena as the Sky Blues look to boost their survival hopes. City are likely to boast pretty much the same squad of players as they did at the weekend. Sammy Clingan, Cody McDonald and Nathan Cameron continued their comebacks on the bench but there was no place for fellow returning duo Chris Hussey and Conor Thomas. Defenders Richard Wood (knee) and Hermann Hreidarsson (shoulder) continue to miss out.

Kashigo Dikgacoi should return to the Crystal Palace squad for the trip to the Ricoh Arena. The midfielder was rested for Saturday's 1-0 win over Peterborough as he only arrived back from international duty with South Africa 24 hours earlier. Nathaniel Clyne remains a doubt with the knee injury which has kept him out of the last two matches so Paul McShane is set to continue at right-back. Left-back Dean Moxey returned as a substitute against Posh after three months out with a knee injury and should be involved again. Striker Glenn Murray also came off the bench on Saturday and will push Chris Martin and Jermaine Easter for a place in attack should boss Dougie Freedman opt to make changes.

Derby County v Blackpool

Derby may not risk Jason Shackell against Blackpool as they prepare for three home matches in eight days. Shackell, an ever-present this season following his summer arrival from Barnsley, was a concern ahead of the game at Birmingham because of a tight hamstring and the centre-half also suffered a knock on the foot during the 2-2 draw on Saturday. Derby host Blackpool and Watford this week before the re-arranged clash with east midlands rivals Nottingham Forest at Pride Park next Tuesday. Nathan Tyson is also nursing a foot injury from the weekend but he is expected to be fit. Fellow forward Steven Davies, midfielder Craig Bryson and left-back Gareth Roberts will be checked. Davies lasted 80 minutes at St Andrew's in his first start since he fractured his skull in mid-October while Bryson played the full game against Birmingham despite being troubled by an Achilles problem. Roberts finished the match with a sore thigh.

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has been handed a triple fitness boost ahead of the trip to Pride Park. In-form winger Matt Phillips and centre-back Craig Cathcart both missed Friday night's 1-1 draw with Hull due to hamstring problems that also ruled them out of international action with Scotland and Northern Ireland last week. However, both men are set to return along with Gary Taylor-Fletcher after the forward resumed training following a lay off with bone bruising suffered during last month's FA Cup defeat at Everton. The promotion-chasing Seasiders are without a win for three games at home but are displaying scintillating form on their travels where they are unbeaten in five matches and boast four consecutive victories. Tom Ince heads into the contest with three goals in two games, while veteran striker Kevin Phillips has netted four in his last seven league appearances.

Hull City v Leeds United

Hull winger Robbie Brady has lost his fitness battle and will play no part against Leeds. Brady, on a season-long loan from Manchester United, missed Friday night's draw at Blackpool with a thigh problem, which has not yet responded to treatment. The 20-year-old is expected to return for next weekend's visit of Ipswich, leaving Corry Evans and Josh King to vie for a place in the starting line-up against Leeds. Manager Nick Barmby has no new injury or suspension problems and will otherwise select his side from an unchanged squad. Seyi Olofinjana returned to the starting line-up for the first time since the end of January at Blackpool and Barmby must decide whether to retain him, while striker Mark Cullen is hoping to be involved again after replacing Aaron McLean midway through the second half on Friday.

Leeds manager Neil Warnock could be without three defenders for the midweek clash at the KC Stadium. Alex Bruce was already ruled out after missing the weekend defeat to Southampton with a hamstring strain, while both Aidy White and Leigh Bromby sustained knocks against the Saints and are rated very doubtful. Warnock said he will leave a decision on both White and Bromby until Tuesday afternoon. Paul Connolly and teenage pair Zac Thompson and Charlie Taylor could come into contention, while versatile midfielder Danny Pugh offers Warnock an alternative option. Latest signing Danny Webber made his debut for the club when replacing White early in the second half against Southampton and will be pushing for his first start. Striker Billy Paynter, out of favour under previous boss Simon Grayson, is another player hoping for a recall after returning to the bench at the weekend as Leeds chase only their second win in six league matches.

Middlesbrough v Barnsley

Middlesbrough midfielder Rhys Williams will sit out the Championship clash with Barnsley through suspension. The Australia international was sent off during the dying seconds of Saturday's 3-1 victory at Portsmouth for a second bookable offence and will be a frustrated spectator at the Riverside Stadium. Loan signing Adam Hammill could make his first home appearance for the club after being handed a debut at Fratton Park. Manager Tony Mowbray otherwise has few selection problems with only his long-term absentees still sidelined. Keeper Danny Coyne is expected to return to light training this week after a calf injury while striker Scott McDonald (medial ligament) and midfielder Merouane Zemmama (hernia surgery) continue their rehabilitation.

Barnsley manager Keith Hill could consider one or two changes for his side's clash at the Riverside Stadium. Hill has no new injury or suspension problems following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest but is still without winger Jim O'Brien (groin), midfielder David Perkins (hamstring) and defender Bobby Hassell (knee). Teenager Paul Digby was outstanding during the second half against Forest in his third first-team appearance for the Tykes but Hill may be tempted to rest the midfielder, who turned 17 four weeks ago. Fellow midfielder Stephen Dawson, who started on the substitutes' bench on Saturday, gives Hill an alternative option while strikers Andy Gray and Chris Dagnall and winger David Cotterill are all pushing for recalls to the starting line-up. The Tykes, 15 points clear of the drop zone, have taken only one point from their last three matches.

Nottingham Forest v Doncaster Rovers

Nottingham Forest will check on captain Luke Chambers and midfielder Guy Moussi ahead of the visit of Doncaster. Defender Chambers and Moussi missed the 1-1 draw against Barnsley on Saturday with minor niggles and manager Steve Cotterill will assess their fitness before naming his side. Danny Higginbotham was also absent at Oakwell because of a hamstring injury sustained during the victory at Birmingham the previous weekend and the on-loan defender is not expected to be fit in time to feature against the npower Championship's bottom club. Cotterill will once more be unable to call upon strikers Ishmael Miller (hamstring), Matt Derbyshire, David McGoldrick,Marlon Harewood (hamstring) and midfielder Radoslaw Majewski. Forest will be looking to extend their unbeaten league run to a season's best four matches.

Doncaster will be without captain Brain Stock for their vital trip to the City Ground. Stock limped off during the early stages of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Brighton at the Keepmoat Stadium and scans have revealed the midfielder suffered a 10-centimetre tear to his groin. Fellow midfielder Martin Woods is a couple of weeks away from returning from a knee problem, while the City Ground encounter also comes too soon for Habib Bamogo. The Burkina Faso forward suffered a hamstring strain in last month's 3-2 defeat against Leeds and Saturday's clash at West Ham is a more realistic target. George Friend remains on the sidelines with knee ligament damage, but fellow defender James Chambers and midfielder Paul Keegan are back in training following long-term knee injuries.

Peterborough United v Millwall

Peterborough will check on the fitness of Paul Taylor ahead of the visit of Millwall. Striker Taylor limped out of the defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday after an hour because of a groin complaint. Fellow forward Lee Tomlin and midfielder Lee Frecklington were absent at Selhurst Park due to illness but both should return to the squad. Craig Alcock partnered Gabby Zakuani at centre-half against Palace but he is expected to revert to his usual full-back berth, with recent signing Shaun Brisley perhaps coming in for his debut.

Millwall will check on Jack Smith, Liam Trotter and Darius Henderson ahead of the trip to London Road. Defender Smith (jaw), midfielder Trotter (thigh) and striker Henderson (hamstring) all missed Saturday's narrow 2-1 defeat by Reading but are close to returning to action. Manager Kenny Jackett will decide whether to risk any of them at Posh or save them for Saturday's trip to Nottingham Forest. Millwall have no new injury concerns but are still without midfield duo Therry Racon (ankle) and Tamika Mkandawire (knee) for the foreseeable future. Goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall is close to recovering from an ankle knock to challenge David Forde for his place. Winger Liam Feeney could start after coming on as a substitute at the weekend.

Reading v Portsmouth

Reading have a trio of injury doubts ahead of their Championship clash with Portsmouth. Matthew ConnollyJimmy Kebe and Andy Griffin will all be monitored by the medical staff as they go in search of their seventh straight victory. On-loan full-back Connolly picked up an ankle injury during the 2-1 win at Millwall on Saturday and could miss out, with Shaun Cummings ready to step in on the right of defence if necessary. Kebe missed the trip to The Den with a knee problem but could return, although he will have to oust Hal Robson-Kanu, who netted a spectacular equaliser against the Lions, or captain Jobi McAnuff to regain his place in the starting line-up. Griffin has been struggling with a hamstring injury of late and may not be available to manager Brian McDermott.

Luke Varney could be in the Portsmouth starting line-up for the trip to the Madejski Stadium. Striker Varney returned from three months out with a knee injury as a substitute in Saturday's 3-1 defeat byMiddlesbrough to boost Pompey's threadbare squad. Midfielder David Norris came through his first 90 minutes since a double hernia operation unscathed and should keep his place. Veteran striker Kanu is still not fit due to a back problem and winger Kelvin Etuhu is set to miss out again with a slight hamstring tear. Adam Webster, Aaron Mokoena and Dave Kitson are options for Michael Appleton should he wish to make further changes while the beleaguered Fratton Park boss is also on the look-out for a loan striker.

Southampton v Ipswich Town

Adam Lallana should return to the Southampton squad for the visit of Ipswich. The midfielder missed Saturday evening's 1-0 win at Leeds with a groin injury but the problem is not expected to keep him out again. Full-back Danny Fox is a doubt, though, after limping off at Elland Road with a groin problem. Dan Harding stepped in at left-back and will start if Fox is ruled out. Manager Nigel Adkins has plenty of options should he wish to make further changes, not least in attack where recent signing Billy Sharp was left kicking his heels on the bench at the weekend. Defender Dan Seaborne is still recovering from a head injury and is the only long-term absentee for the leaders.

Ipswich to follow...

 
 

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